Navin is an idiot. He grew up in Mississippi as adopted son of a black family but on his 18th birthday he feels he wants to discover the rest of the world and sets out to St. Louis. There everyone exploits his naivety, but then a simple invention brings him a fortune. Written by
Tom Zoerner <Tom.Zoerner@informatik.uni-erlangen.de>
He was a poor black sharecropper's son who never dreamed he was adopted.
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Did You Know?
Many movie posters featured the following blurb: "He was a poor black sharecropper's son who never dreamed he was adopted. Steve Martin
in The Jerk
(1979). A rags to riches to rags story". See more
When Navin is chasing Billy on the train, Navin's voice is not synchronized with the audio. See more
Navin R. Johnson
Huh? I am *not* a bum. I'm a jerk. I once had wealth, power, and the love of a beautiful woman. Now I only have two things: my friends, and... uh... my thermos. Huh? My story? Okay. It was never easy for me. I was born a poor black child. I remember the days, sittin' on the porch with my family, singin' and dancin' down in Mississippi...
Pig Eye Jackson - Cat Juggler (Steve Martin) See more
Referenced in Jersey Girl
Pick A Bale Of Cotton
Sung by Sonny Terry
and Brownie McGhee
(as Brownie McGee)
Words and Music by Leadbelly
(as Huddie Ledbetter)
Collected and Adapted by John A. Lomax
and Alan Lomax See more